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Wednesday, 5 September, 2001, 07:35 GMT 08:35 UK
Back to school: Your new-term experiences
Teaching is facing the worst staff shortages for three decades as the new school term gets under way for pupils in England and Wales.

Many head teachers will be hoping they have enough staff to put in front of classes.

Coupled with dramatic changes in the shape of secondary education in England with the publication of the postponed White Paper on education.

The White Paper promises more specialist schools and more private involvement in the state sector.

So, how was the first day of term for you or your children? Are you worried about teacher shortages or the steps some schools have had to take to "paper over the cracks"? This debate is now closed. Your comments are posted below.

I wonder what schools would be like if Tony Blair sent his children to a comprehensive school like mine!

Craig Barber, England
What a shambles! I have just returned for my first day back at sixth form. And a teacher admits that last years "AS" levels were a total mess. Yet today I find that I have NO study periods, and almost twice as much work. Yet after last years staff shortages at my school, how on earth does Tony Blair expect to get good results from students and teachers who are preparing for more shortages? To top it off I hear that school funding is the lowest since 1964! I wonder what schools would be like if Tony Blair sent his children to a comprehensive school like mine!
Craig Barber, England

School provides a forum for growth and definition of the self through Sport, the Arts and science and naturally through interaction with peers and adults.
If the Blair government spent more time bringing literacy rates in the UK into line with those of our European counterparts we wouldn't be wringing our hands in despair as we quibble over the dubious reputation of our examination system!
Tom, Scotland


My young daughter returned from her first day at school in tears

Jimmy Hender, England
My young daughter returned from her first day at school in tears as there was no one to teach her needlework class, or her cookery class. Something should be done about it.
Jimmy Hender, England

I'm a lecturer in FE. Low pay, poor morale, bad management, huge amount of paperwork and red tape. No wonder there is a teacher shortage. Like many other very experienced lecturers I want out ASAP!
Andy Harrison, UK

I got up late today so I didn't have to cope with mothers doing "the school run" on my way to work. Perhaps if the teacher shortage gets any worse the kids will all stay at home and then the roads will be a lot quieter for the rest of us.
P, UK

See also:

04 Sep 01 | Education
Teacher shortages loom as term starts
04 Sep 01 | Education
Big changes for secondary schools
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